Packera (Senecio) aurea Golden Ragwort



Packera aurea's  mass of yellow daisy-like blooms appear in clusters atop wiry stems over dark green foliage in late spring. Also known as Senecio aurea, it spreads slowly to form dense mats of heart-shaped leaves. Commonly called Golden Ragwort, it may be a bit weedy, but it is great for natural areas and a favorite plant for pollinators.

Packera aurea is native to the eastern half of North America. It is commonly found in wet deciduous woods, damp woodland clearings, sandy swamps, along lakes and riverbanks, in moist meadows and abandoned fields. Golden Ragwort spreads by seed and underground roots and may form colonies in shady, moist woodlands. 

Packera aurea prefers light to mostly shade and moist to well-drained soil.


  • Common Names: Golden Ragwort
  • Zones: 3-9
  • Light Requirements: Part Sun to Part Shade
  • Soil Preference: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Height at Maturity: 12"-24"
  • Width at Maturity: 18"
  • Bloom Color: Yellow
  • Bloom Time: Late spring
  • Foliage Color: Green

Special Features

  • Attracts:
  • Tolerates:
  • Other Features: Cut Flower. Native to North America.

Care and Growing Tips

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Shipping Info

IMPORTANT: We are at capacity for shipping the week of 4/22. All new orders will be shipped the week of 4/29 (or later, if your Zone has not started shipping in the list below).

We have a huge amount of orders to get through, so we appreciate your patience while we work extra hard to make this happen. Thank you!


All orders placed now will ship in Spring 2024 unless requested otherwise.

    • Zones 10-7: Already started
    • Zone 6: Starting April 22nd
    • Zone 5: Starting May 6th
    • Zones 4-2: Starting May 13th

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